Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Grow Produce from Produce!
by countrynaturals Today at 12:58 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by newbeone Today at 11:34 am

» The SFG Journey: Onions. How To Grow, When To Harvest, How To Harvest, Storage. The life cycle of an onion.
by countrynaturals Today at 11:25 am

» Hello from Silverton, OR
by countrynaturals Today at 10:02 am

» What I've learned this year
by MrBooker Today at 10:01 am

» HELP! Sweet Potato Plant!
by countrynaturals Today at 9:54 am

» What do you know about making sauerkraut?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 7:15 am

» Just Completed my Garden.....What Should I Plant NOW!
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 11:07 pm

» Do I need to pollinate my zucchinis?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:41 pm

» New England July 2017
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:35 pm

» Garden Footwear
by hammock gal Yesterday at 4:22 pm

» help with raised beds! how much can I grow in a 4' x 4' raised bed?
by Robbomb116 Yesterday at 11:54 am

» Tornado Cake
by Cajun Cappy Yesterday at 11:08 am

» Today's Harvest
by Judy McConnell Yesterday at 11:00 am

» Can anyone identify what type of watermelon this is at this age??
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:55 am

» N & C Midwest; July 2017 !
by CitizenKate 7/26/2017, 10:31 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by trolleydriver 7/26/2017, 9:56 pm

» Eggplant Blossom End Rot?
by Fiz 7/26/2017, 6:11 pm

» Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin
by AlwaysHotinFL 7/26/2017, 1:23 pm

» Growing Romanesco Broccoli
by plantoid 7/26/2017, 7:20 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JULY 2017?
by sanderson 7/26/2017, 2:07 am

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by sanderson 7/25/2017, 4:18 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver 7/25/2017, 8:21 am

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by sanderson 7/25/2017, 1:07 am

» Friday Rookie Topic XII: Cucumbers
by Scorpio Rising 7/24/2017, 8:40 pm

» More on garlic scapes
by greatgranny 7/24/2017, 7:17 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by SwampTroll 7/24/2017, 2:47 pm

» My early garden
by sanderson 7/24/2017, 3:15 am

» Square footage
by sanderson 7/24/2017, 3:03 am

» Healthy Meals
by RoOsTeR 7/23/2017, 10:19 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Oh, me aching back

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Oh, me aching back

Post  Judy McConnell on 9/22/2014, 6:00 pm

My history of compost making has been to pile maple leaves and small twigs in a corner of the yard, watering it when I remembered to do so.  Over time, the pile has grown in area to about a 5' x 12' foot print.  This past fall, my helpers just added to the width and length and didn't try to pile on top of the existing pile.

Normally, the pile just sat there and broke down on its own.  Every 4-5 years, I would clean off the top of the pile and then scoop out the composted lower dark brown goodie.  This material would be screened and then put around plants (as more of a mulch).

With all this added footprint, I need to both gather the finished material and reposition the spread out pile.  Why?? because this fall there will be MORE leaves to add and there is no space.

Today I began - first pulling off all the branches that someone had piled on top of the good old material.  Then I began to screen (1/4" hardware cloth) the dark mostly decomposed bottom material.  I can see that this will take MORE than just one day - to move everything to where I want it. (Wish that I had a back-hoe instead of just a hand shovel.)

Going to black garbage-bag the screen material so that I can make MM later.
avatar
Judy McConnell

Female Posts : 389
Join date : 2012-05-08
Age : 77
Location : Manassas, VA(7a) and Riner, VA (7a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Oh, me aching back

Post  Marc Iverson on 9/22/2014, 6:43 pm

Good luck on it. My neighbor does something like what you do, but without a five-year time horizon, quite. He just keeps piling it on into a tall box with one free side, and grabs new stuff from the bottom every year, letting the higher stuff eventually collapse down and tell him when to stop.

Hope your compost is at least in a convenient area where you can work on it easily. The only place I could put a pile last year was on a steeply sloping hillside with poor access, making what is sometimes a difficult job into a worse one. This year it's such a relief to have it close, flat, and convenient instead.
avatar
Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3638
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 56
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Oh, me aching back

Post  Judy McConnell on 9/28/2014, 11:22 am

Printshop messing me up again


Last edited by Judy McConnell on 9/28/2014, 11:28 am; edited 3 times in total (Reason for editing : remove url)
avatar
Judy McConnell

Female Posts : 389
Join date : 2012-05-08
Age : 77
Location : Manassas, VA(7a) and Riner, VA (7a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Oh, me aching back

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum